Activists gather outside the U.S. Supreme Court to hold a vigil in opposition to U.S. Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh in Washington, Oct. 3, 2016.
Activists gather outside the U.S. Supreme Court to hold a vigil in opposition to U.S. Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh in Washington, Oct. 3, 2016.

CAPITOL HILL - Hundreds of vigils were held across the United States Wednesday with marchers hoping to persuade senators to vote against confirming Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court.

Reports say the FBI has completed its latest investigation into allegations Kavanaugh sexually assaulted Dr. Christine Blasey Ford at a party when they were in high school.

Two other women also accuse Kavanaugh of sexual misconduct. The judge denies all the allegations made against him. 

Senators are expected to begin reviewing the FBI report  Thursday in a secure room in the Capitol complex. They are not supposed to divulge the contents of the agency's background reports.

 

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., joi
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., joined at left by Sen. John Barrasso, R-Wyo., speaks to reporters about the political battle for confirmation of President Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee, Brett Kavanaugh.

Late Wednesday, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell set a vote for Friday on limiting debate on on Kavanaugh’s nomination, moving the Senate toward a potential confirmation roll call over the weekend. 

With Republicans holding a thin 51-49 majority and five senators, including three Republicans, not committed to approving Kavanaugh, the conservative jurist’s prospects of Senate confirmation remained murky.

In a statement Wednesday night, lawyers for Christine Blasey Ford say the additional FBI background investigation didn’t include interviewing Ford or the witnesses they say corroborate her testimony. 

Ford’s lawyers go on to say they are “profoundly disappointed” that those directing the probe “were not interested in seeking the truth.”

President Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee, Br
President Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee, Brett Kavanaugh, takes notes as the Senate Judiciary Committee members make opening statements during his confirmation hearing, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Sept. 4, 2018.

Also Wednesday, the National Council of Churches, a coalition of 38 denominations, released a statement saying Kavanaugh should withdraw his nomination. The group's statement said he showed "extreme partisan bias," showing that he lacks the temperament to serve on the nation's highest court, during his testimony last week before the Senate Judicial Committee.

More than 650 law professors from across the country also signed a letter, which will be sent to the Senate on Thursday in The New York Times, urging lawmakers to reject Kavanaugh's nomination. Their letter said, he "displayed a lack of judicial temperament that would be disqualifying for any court, and certainly for election to the highest court of the land."

No Democrat has come out in favor of the judge and three key Republicans have yet to commit themselves on how they plan to vote. 

U.S. President Donald Trump addresses supporters d
U.S. President Donald Trump addresses supporters during a "Make America Great Again" rally in Southaven, Mississippi, Oct. 2, 2018.

Those three Republicans, along with a number of other senators, have criticized President Donald Trump over his remarks at a campaign rally mocking Ford.

FILE - In this Feb. 15, 2018, photo, Sen. Susan Co
FILE - In this Feb. 15, 2018, photo, Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, and Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, left, are shown during a news conference at the Capitol in Washington.

"His comments were just plain wrong," Maine's Susan Collins said Wednesday.

Alaska Senator Lisa Murkowski called the remarks "wholly inappropriate and in my view unacceptable." 

Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., looks on during an appea
Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., looks on during an appearance at the Forbes 30 Under 30 Summit, Oct. 1, 2018, in Boston.

Arizona's Jeff Flake — who insisted on a weeklong delay in a confirmation vote so the FBI can have another investigation — called Trump's remarks "appalling."

Addressing thousands of supporters at a Mississippi rally, Trump gave his own re-enactment of Ford's responses to questions at last week's Senate hearing where she testified that Kavanaugh assaulted her.

"I had one beer!" he said, impersonating Ford. "How did you get home? I don't remember. How did you get there? I don't remember. Where is the place? I don't remember. How many years ago was it? I don't know. I don't know. I don't know!"

"Upstairs, downstairs where was it? I don't know," he said in front of laughing supporters.

Ford told Senate Judiciary Committee that, despite some memory lapses, she was "100 percent certain" it was a drunken Kavanaugh who pinned her to a bed, groped her, and put his hand over her mouth to muffle her screams for help. Kavanaugh testified he has never assaulted anyone and complained he is the victim of a "political hit" to destroy his reputation.

White House spokesperson Sarah Huckabee Sanders said Trump was merely stating the facts of the case and remains confident in his nominee. 

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., with
Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., with Sen. Cory Booker, D-N.J., at right, pauses as they speak to reporters about the political battle for confirmation of President Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee.

?Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, a New York Democrat, blasted the president's mockery of Ford as "reprehensible, beneath the office of the presidency, and beneath common decency from one person to another."

If confirmed, Kavanaugh — an appellate judge and judicial conservative — would replace retired Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy. The nine-member court is currently operating with eight justices.

Richard Green contributed to this report.